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Plants Without Virtue
by Bob Hartzler

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May 15, 2000 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson once described a weed as "Any plant whose virtures have not been discovered".  The following ad appeared in the Ames Tribune recently.  I wonder if this means that common milkweed should no longer be considered a weed since these researchers obviously feel the plant has some virtue?  The ad does demonstrate one thing about weeds that weed scientists often struggle with - when you want to grow weeds in order to study them, they can be some of the most fickle plants around.

 

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Prepared by Bob Hartzler, extension weed management specialist, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

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